In the mid-1960‘s, little Jimmy Bradley sat in his third-grade classroom staring at a picture on page 98 of his history book; it was a picture of his father. The photograph depicted six soldiers planting a flagpole into the rocks of Iwo Jima, one of the soldiers was Jimmy’s father, John Bradley.
Bradley is the man the second from the right, his elbows extended, firmly holding onto the 100 -pound flag pole. He appears to be supporting most of the weight, as the others help guide it into its resting place. This photograph became symbolic of World War II and Jimmy’s father was a part of history. There he was, right in the middle of the photograph on page 98 of Jimmy’s history book.
Jimmy’s teacher drew the class’s attention to the photograph on page 98 and to the man in the middle of the picture—Jimmy’s Dad, and said, “John Bradley is a hero, and his son is sitting right here with us.” Jimmy was as proud as any son had ever been of his father.
That night, he couldn’t wait for his …